As gate sizes continue to shrink, charge-based RAM moves ever closer to end of life. It’s no secret that the industry has been hard at work for decades on alternatives like phase-change memory (PCM), magnetoresistive RAM (MRAM), resistive RAM (RRAM), and ferroelectric RAM (FRAM), to name just a few. That said, several events this year indicate indicate that we could see some significant activity in 2013. The end of 2012 saw announcements for commercial products in both the PCM
and MRAM space, as well as a flurry of papers from companies like Toshiba
at the International Electron Devices Meeting. Meanwhile, FRAM spent a lot of years being the heir-apparent technology that never quite inherited, but now that Cypress Semiconductor has acquired Ramtron International
, that may change – the additional resources in addition to synergies with other Cypress buys
could vault the technology forward. Look for a lot of activity and jockeying for position going forward, given that the technology that hits big first is likely to get a pricing advantage from the economies of scale.